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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...
This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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Beautiful islands

I always wanted to walk on these islands. I had taken a few rides on boats that went around the islands but never landed. I was pleasantly surprise. There is an island with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I always wanted to walk on these islands. I had taken a few rides on boats that went around the islands but never landed. I was pleasantly surprise. There is an island with a castle where you can actually feel the history. It was beautiful and the view to the city was amazing. Highly recommended.

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Its great island, and full of fun for whole family. Gorgeous views, we spent full day , and it was great.

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Braintree, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My family took a ferry ride to Spectacle Island for a clam bake. The history of the islands was really fun to read about, the food was great and it was fun to walk the island. The ferry ride back was a great way to see the city at night from the water.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We spent the BEST day island hopping. The Ferry is easy to navigate and well managed; learned so much about the history of Boston Harbor Islands. I lived in Boston (Copley Square) for 2 years and never knew the Islands existed! A perfect outing for a picnic and hiking on a sunny summer day - Sunday afternoons offered free Jazz... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Great islands and a nice ferry to take you around. It's not cheap, but fun on a nice day. Probably pick one or two per day.

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Manassas, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It makes for a great summer afternoon. You learned about the Boston Harbor on the boat rides and then take in various views of the Harbor from each island.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The Boston Harbor islands are small but fun. You can do a day trip and visit a few in one day. Spectacle island is the most popular with a beach, hiking trails and just gorgeous views of the Boston skyline. Another island, George's I believe, has an old fort on it that's fun to explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

There is no place our children remember with more delight than the Boston Harbor Islands, (try the .org site for planning), which are minutes away by Ferry from Long Wharf on the Boston waterfront. Just being outside on the upper deck of the ferryboat is enough of an adventure, as the wind and waves challenge you-and then you get to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Harbor Islands are drumlins - bumps that were carved by the great Laurentide glacier that originated in Canada in the late Wisconsin Period, about 75,000 years ago. It advanced into lower Massachusetts about 21,000 years ago, and began its recession 18,000 years ago. Its progression created Cape Cod (a "terminal moraine") and carved Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Honestly I didn't think until this point I would find a reason to return to the city of Boston. We decided to take a Boat ride in the Boston Harbor to Georges Island. It is an old Fort for the military and thank goodness we went. You can see where prisoners were kept, where soldiers once laid their heads to... More 

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